Sermon Notes April 24, 2011
Mark 16: 1-8; Acts 2:36
Intro: Malcolm Muggeridge was a Marxist before he found Christ. During the Cold War he traveled to Russia to write a story about the Communist party and the decline of religion in that atheistic regime. After conducing a series of interviews with officials in the Kremlin, he attended a Russian Orthodox Easter service. The church was packed. At the close of the service the priest announced, “Christ is risen”, and the people shouted back, “He is risen indeed!” Muggeridge looked into their faces and instantly realized that they were right and that Stalin was wrong. He said it was the reality of their joy that tipped the scales of his soul toward Christ.
- Let’s Shout for Joy. Christ Is Risen. He Is Risen Indeed!
t/s – We think of Easter as a Day of Joy. It might surprise you to discover that when the first disciples heard the Good News that He is Risen they did not respond with Joy — A Little Disappointing
Mark 16: 1-8 (Tell story of Burial… Joseph, Pilate, Women)
Why I belief He Is Risen; and, Why It Matters.
- The Witness of the Word
The Gospel accounts are marked by an unvarnished Honesty
n No Heroes protected; skepticism on display
n Women as Primary Witnesses!
n No coordination of details… individual memories
It sounds like Mark is simply telling the truth.
If he were to make up a story….
All eleven faithfully waiting at Tomb, Trusting!
Response === Joy!
- The Empty Tomb
If Jesus is not Risen, show the Body! Easily disproved Early.
t/s – Well, obviously, his fanatical followers stole the body.
- Easter Faith….Disciple’s Transformed Lives!
They were not fervent, fanatical followers…Defeated Doubters
The Disciples do not act like schemers!
Something Happen to Peter! (vs. 7)
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for
Certain that God has made Him both Lord
And Christ — this Jesus whom you Crucified
Why It Matters
Vindication – To show to be Right (character and Claims)
ILL – John Crawford was an American physician (1790’s)
- Mosquitos carry infection that causes Malaria
- Absurd, Ridiculous…. “mal-aria” == Bad Air…Swamp
- So ridiculed by peers & journals…backed off claims
Today…. Vindication… Shown to be Right
The Resurrection Vindicates Jesus.
He Is Who He Claimed to Be
He Does What He says He Can/Will Do!
– Forgive Sins … Bring us into right standing with God
– Establish a Kingdom of Righteousness… New Creation
– Defeat Death… Resurrection & Life..Eternal
– We will see Him coning on the Clouds in Glory
Peter’s Pentecost Conclusion concerning Resurrection…
Acts 2:36 == Vindication!!
One Simple Question: Is He Risen?
If Not, Go on with Business as Usual!
If So, — Bow before the Savior King!
Two Men on Road to Emmaus….. Our Heart Burning Within Us!